Asa Hemenway collection
Scope and Contents
Collection contains a hardbound, handwritten journal kept by Asa Hemenway from 1850 until 1891, and a handwritten, hardbound volume containing "Notes of Siamese Customs Presented to Middlebury College by Rev. A. Hemenway, Dec. 1860," written in Old Thai. Collection also contains two hand-drawn maps.
- Hemenway, Asa, 1810-1892 (Person)
Language of Materials
English and Old Thai
Conditions Governing Access
Open for research without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Biographical / Historical
Son of Francis S. and Clara (Turrill) Hemenway, Asa Hemenway (1810-1892) was born in Shoreham, Vermont, on July 6, 1810. Hemenway graduated from Middlebury College in 1835, and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1838. He was ordained in 1839.
Shortly after his ordination, Hemenway was appointed by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions as a Missionary at Bangkok, Siam. In 1839, Hemenway sailed for Bangkok with two other Middlebury alumni, Jesse Caswell (Class of 1832) and Lyman Peet (Class of 1834). Hemenway was the only member of that mission to return to the United States when the Siamese mission was closed in 1850, Caswell having died in Siam and Peet moving on to the Chinese mission until 1871.
Following his return to Vermont, Hemenway served as pastor of the Congregational church in Cornwall, Vermont (1850-1851), Ripton, Vermont (1851-1860), Keeseville, New York (1860-1864), Mooers, New York (1864-1869), West Hartford, Vermont (1869-1871), and Easy Chazy, New York (1871-1872). Hemenway married Lucia Hunt on April 14, 1839 and together had two sons and a daughter. Hemenway died in Manchester, Vermont, on February 26, 1892.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchsed with the Middlebury College Art Museum. They retain possession of a framed tintype which shows 5 men is Civil War uniform, including Asa Hemenway's (C.1835) son, Lewis H. Hemenway, C.1864.
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